More than 20 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes; most are overweight or obese. (Courtesy of Atlanta Black Star)

After learning the cause and effects of Type 2 diabetes, becoming an official “ambassador” for the National Diabetes Association, now I can help others.

My “Your Body Is a Temple” campaign kicked off at Trinity University as my professor required each of us to come up with a national public relations campaign, a requirement for our Master’s thesis. “Stop Fanning the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic” was the topic of my choice. Dr. Brad Mello, who taught at Trinity Washington University from 1995-2006 and was chairman of the first graduating group in the field of communications, told us “I expect each of you to create campaigns that are real, and they can someday become national!”

Dr. Mello, I’m proud to tell you that my campaign is now national, published by the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Black Press USA! Plus, my company is currently hosting a Ward 5 Wellness Circle in the O’Conner Auditorium at Trinity University on Michigan Avenue for low-income D.C. residents who have diabetes and high blood pressure. I’m proud to have been selected to AmeriHealth Caritas DC. Our first graduation will be held Jan. 4.

Graduates will be honored for having reduced their A1C, lowering their high blood pressure and losing weight. All winners will be rewarded. Others will receive special certificates as well! For me, it is a dream come true!

My mother suffered for 12 years with Type 2 diabetes and with many complications that resulted from her having had this disease. We lost Mother Grant on Christmas Day in 2000.

Mother, who lost both of her legs to amputations, suffered kidney failure and several strokes, with the first major stroke leaving her paralyzed. She ended up in Howard University Hospital, and that’s when they discovered she had Type 2 diabetes. Our family lived together, we worked together in business, and now we were going through this battle for life with our mother.

Not understanding what happened to Mother, wondering if we could have done something differently, we began to learn all we could. We didn’t know how an improved diet with extremely limited amounts of sugar with major reductions in eating carbohydrates and getting regular physical exercise could have made a difference in her life. Now that I’ve learned from her doctor, from research, from the National Institute of Health, from Johns Hopkins and American Diabetes Association and others, I must share this good news with you!

What exactly is Type 2 diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose. It results from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both, and too much inflammation is in your body.

For those of you who refuse to follow the rules, Type 2 diabetes can result in the loss of toes, feet, legs and more. Plus, it can bring on premature death, as in the case of my Mom.

On the other hand, by taking measures to reduce the likelihood of such devastating effects, you will be the winner!

Throughout our lives, my family has been blessed, becoming successful businesswomen and doing exactly what Mother encouraged us to do. Now, though, it is time to spread this message to the masses, and this, my friend, is what I will continue to do for the rest of my life!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Visit her website,, send comments to, or call 240-602-6291. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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